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Every week embarks a new development for your baby. At week 7, your baby has doubled in size as compared to last week. Although you don’t have the baby bump yet you might be feeling a little uncomfortable around your belly due to pelvic bloating. The morning sickness (or as I like to call it morning afternoon, evening, and night sickness) might have made you lose some pounds too.

Week 7 – Pregnancy Development, Symptoms, and more

Yuppiiee!! Just 33 more weeks to go.

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Every week embarks a new development for your baby. At week 7, your baby has doubled in size as compared to last week. Although you don’t have the baby bump yet you might be feeling a little uncomfortable around your belly due to pelvic bloating. The morning sickness (or as I like to call it morning afternoon, evening, and night sickness) might have made you lose some pounds too.

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How many months are 7 weeks?

At 7 weeks, you are in your second month of pregnancy. You are almost halfway through your first trimester. Eat healthily and stay active. 7 months or 33 weeks to go.

 

Development of the baby

Week 7 marks the prime time for the development of your baby’s head. The brain of your baby is becoming more complex by the growing minute as the brain cells grow at a rate of 100 per minute.

 

How big is the baby at 7 weeks?

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At week 7, your baby has almost doubled in size this week as compared to last week and is about 1/4 – inch long. Still pretty small but how amazing it is that your baby is 10,000 times bigger than at the time of conception.

Physical features have started to form

Your baby has also started to develop its mouth, tongue, nostrils, and eye lenses. With that, hands and leg joints are also forming simultaneously.

Body systems are developing too!

Your little bundle of joy has also started to develop its own waste management system – the kidneys. The base for your baby’s permanent set of kidneys is in place and soon your baby will pee in the womb. Ops!

 

Week 7 Pregnancy Symptoms

It still might be early for you to cope with this big news. It becomes even more difficult when your body starts to act bonkers because of all those early pregnancy symptoms.

As your body produces more and more pregnancy hormones, the pregnancy symptoms might also be on a rise. A few of the symptoms that are probable to show most this week are tender breasts, nausea, and food aversions.

Fun fact: Women grow a whole hormone-producing extra organ during their pregnancy – The placenta.

1. Tender Breasts

The boobies are more sensitive than ever. An increased blood flow around the breast area and increasing estrogen and progesterone are responsible for these tender sensitive breasts.

Your body is preparing your breasts for breastfeeding your budding genius in about 33 weeks. The veins around your breasts are becoming more visible as they supply more blood to the area. The areola becomes darker and will continue to get darker and bigger as the pregnancy grows. The spots around your areolas are sebaceous glands that will provide lubrication to the areola and it’s called Montgomery’s tubercles.

2. Nausea

Most commonly hated as morning sickness, is not so bad as it seems to be. Recent studies show that women who show signs of morning sickness are less likely to miscarry their child as compared to women who don’t experience nausea and vomiting during their early pregnancy period.

The pregnancy hormones; estrogen, progesterone, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) are usually the causes of nausea and severity in nausea.

As the embryo inhabits the lining of the uterus, the hCG levels increase. The higher the hCG, the more morning sickness it causes. Similarly, an increase in estrogen leads to severe nausea or vomiting. These hormones help the embryo to survive, especially in the absence of the placenta as the placenta will be formed at around week 8-9.

Nausea and vomiting may also because of viable placental tissue.

A lack of nausea does not mean that your pregnancy is unhealthy or you are producing any fewer pregnancy hormones than what is required. Many women experience absolutely no morning sickness and have a healthy pregnancy with a healthy baby.

3. Food Aversions

Similar to other changes in your body, food aversions are also a cause of the increase in your pregnancy hormones in your body.

Food aversions can also be associated with your morning sickness. You are likely to associate the foods you were eating as food aversions if you experienced nausea right after having it.

Food aversions are frustrating as you can even get alerted to some of your favorite foods. Like I got averted to eating double chocolate chip cookies. But don’t worry! Most food aversions will only last the end of your first trimester. Although you can develop food aversions, technically at any point in your pregnancy but they are not as serious as the first trimester ones.

 

How To Cope With Early Signs Of Pregnancy

  • The most important tip is to be in sync with your body and listen to your body
  • Rest when you want to rest and do something when you want to move. Over-resting will only make you even more drowsy and sluggish.
  • Drink water with a little bit of lemon squeezed in. It will help a lot with nausea and morning sickness.
  • Eat whatever you crave but, only in moderation. Giving in to your food cravings can lead to excessive weight gain during your pregnancy.
  • Eat a balanced diet and stay well hydrated
  • Have your prenatal vitamins to fill the gap of the nutrients and vitamins your body needs.
  • Once cleared by your doctor, start some prenatal exercises. Simple and easy exercises like walking, yoga, and swimming can help in a healthy pregnancy and as easy delivery.

 When to call your doctor

Alert your doctor immediately if you experience abnormal vaginal bleeding, sharp pelvic cramps, excessive vomiting, low blood pressure, fever with light-headedness, and severe body pain.